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  • Summary of security measures planned for Merkel's visit to Athens (as described in mainstream media): 1. The whole of the Attica police force will be on duty, with reinforcements brought from the provinces, total approx. 5500 policemen, 2. Heavy security in Athens airport, around hotel where the German delegation will stay, around German embassy, Goethe Institute etc, 3. Heavy riot police presence in Syntagma square, plexiglas fence on road to parliament & crowd control barriers in front of parliament, 4. Four water cannons on stand-by, 5. Motorbike police & other elite units on stand-by, 6. Possibility to effect preventative detentions. NB: this post initially said 7000 policemen, @MakisSinodinos (reliable journalistic source) says 5500.